On 5, 7 and 8 May I protocolled foraging Woodpigeons on male inflorescences with flowers in budd of a beech in my garden. The birds had problems in picking the hanging flowers. Therefore consumption rate was low (6.1/minut) as compared to foraging on berries of elder Sambucus nigra (27.3/minut). The maximum number of inflorescenses eaten by one pigeon during one protocol amounted 207. Once the male flowers actually started blooming, the woodpigeons lost interest. Foraging speed and the number of pigeons on my beech subsequently decreased in the course of the observation period (Table 1, Fig. 1). It is hard to imagine that foraging with low speed on light weight male beech flowers is profitable. Probably the flowers contain substances that are hard to find elsewhere in this part of the year. The beech produced a mass of male flowers hanging scattered over the twigg with an interdistance of 1.1 cm. Female flowers are placed at the end of a twigg and hence more difficult to reach for the pigeons. These physiological features and the synchrony in flowering may be an adaptive strategy of beeches to reduce damage by foraging pigeons and other consumers.